League One Review - April 9th
None of the promotion/relegation issues were settled over Easter, but here's the latest installment in the League One season.
Charlton Athletic are no more than 5 points away from claiming automatic promotion following a 1-0 win over Walsall at The Valley. A solitary N'Guessan goal in the 35th minute leaves the Addicks 9 points above the play-off pack with the Blades, in 3rd, having 5 matches left to play. The Saddlers, on the other hand, are 4 points above the drop zone with 4 left to play. Charlton Athletic 1st, Walsall 19th.Sheffield Wednesday eventually made light work of Oldham Athletic at Hillsborough as the owls ran away with a 3-0 win. Goals from Madine (43rd min), Llera (67th min) and Lowe (80th min) sealed the win to edge the race over their Steel City rivals in the race for automatic promotion. The Latics are 6-points, with 4 left to play at the other end of the table. Sheffield Wednesday 2nd, Oldham Athletic 18th. Sheffield United (3rd) will have their chance to return to the automatic places when they face relegation threatened Rochdale (24th), at Spotland, on Tuesday evening. Barring a miracle for Huddersfield Town, they can now concentrate on the play-offs following a 2-0 defeat on the south coast against AFC Bournemouth at Dean Court. Goals from Malone (72nd min) and Pugh, 10 minutes later, sealed a first win since Bradbury's departure. AFC Bournemouth 11th. Huddersfield Town 4th. Franchise FC are pretty certain of their end of season play-off place, but still have some work left to to make 100% certain. Tranmere Rovers fell 3-0 at Stadium:Franchise as goals from Williams (30th & 74th min penalties) and Gleeson (42nd min) sealed the win. Franchise FC 5th, Tranmere Rovers 13th. Notts County are back in the play-off places following a 3-1 win over Yeovil Town at Meadow Lane. A hat-trick of Sam strikes in the 37th, 87th and 93rd minutes was met with a Franks consolation in the 79th minute. Notts County 6th, Yeovil Town 15th. Carlisle United (7th) were left to rue a goal less encounter with Scunthorpe United (14th) at Brunton Park. Brentford (8th) might be kicking themselves too come May 5th having been held by Hartlepool United (12th) at Victoria Park. Can Stevenage Borough still make the play-offs? May be is the answer after a 1-1 draw against Preston North End, and their ex-manager, at Broadhall Way. Hume gave PNE the lead in the 85th minute, but snatched a late 94th minute equaliser through Roberts. Stevenage Borough 9th, Preston North End 16th. Any outside chance of Colchester United making the play-offs were put to bed for the current campaign after Bury soundly completed a 4-1 win over the Essex side at Gigg Lane. Grella got Bury off the mark with a 40th minute strike, which was quickly followed by Harrad in the 43rd minute. Coke netted in the 56th minute, with Eastman netting a consolation for ColU a minute later. Worrall finsihed off the scoring in the 73rd minute. The result gives Bury a 7-point cushion with 4 matches left to play. Bury 18th, Colchester United 10th. Exeter City live to fight another day following a vital 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Leyton Orient at St James's Park. Goals from Taylor (4th min), and a brace from Sercombe (60th and 63rd mins) gave the Grecians hope of avoiding the drop, but still leaving them an 8-point deficit to make up in their final 4 matches. Leyton Orient are nervoulsly looking over their shoulders. Exeter City 22nd, Leyton Orient 20th. Chesterfield also delayed the (almost) inevtiable confirmation of their relegation following a fine 4-0 win over fellow strugglers Wycombe Wanderers at the b2Net Stadium. Goals from Westcarr (29th min), Moussa (47th min), Mendy (52nd min) and Bowery (79th min) leaves the Spirites a 10-point deficit to make up with 4 matches left to play. The Chairboys are 4-points short of safety. Chesterfield 23rd, Wycombe Wanderers 21st.
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